September 22nd 2010 5:18 pm PT

Xbox LIVE Update Preview Program



I am happy to announce that we’re doing an Xbox 360 System Update Preview program for our next release, and the opportunity to sign up is now available. The Preview Program will give you the chance to check out ESPN on Xbox LIVE, Zune music, Netflix search, the new Xbox LIVE dashboard, and new updates to Zune video and Family Settings on your Xbox 360*.  Much like we did last year, you’ll need to visit the Microsoft Connect site from this link and sign in with your Windows LIVE ID that is connected to your Xbox LIVE Gamertag.  Once you complete the survey that is presented to you, the Connect site will notify you immediately if you’ve been accepted.  A couple of points before you head off to register:

We’re looking for multiple thousands of participants, so your chances of making it in are good.
•This is not for Kinect. You will not be receiving a Kinect sensor if you are chosen to participate.
•This opportunity is open to all Xbox LIVE Members in regions where Xbox LIVE is available.
•To avoid any problems, read the survey carefully and double check all the information your provide.
•While both Xbox LIVE Gold and Silver members can sign up, Priority will be given to Gold members in the selection process.

I’ll be sure to updated this post if the program fills up.

Sign up for the Xbox LIVE Update Preview Program

Good luck!

*Not all features are available in all Xbox LIVE regions. Netflix subscription required to use Netflix features. An ISP that supports ESPN 3 is required to use ESPN features. Xbox LIVE Gold Account required to use some features

Update: We have as many people as we need right now, and registration is now closed. If we need any more, I’ll make a post.



Xbox 360 By Larry Hryb, Xbox LIVE's Major Nelson

  • Wyguy420

    When I sign up it says I can’t nominate myself?

  • KEVN38

    Can’t do it since party chat may not work with my friends. ~sigh~

  • n00bIEwaN007

    Sweet deal. I’m all for change and having input to said change.

    happy gaming

  • TehBanStick

    Signed up. I don’t ever use party chat anyway. My USB keyboard is all I need B]

  • SkyyPlum

    OK, I’m pissed now. After next year I’m going to have to pay $10 more a year for features I can’t use like espn because ESPN 3 isn’t offered through road runner. That’s a feature I was looking forward to, not thinking I would need ESPN 3. And never cared about Zune so I’m going to be paying more for using the same features I do now. Unhappy long term member here.

  • EveofLight

    Got into the previous beta so I will skip this. Its nice to see them releasing the new dash for people who sign up. Now I am able to talk with friends again who decide to sign up.

  • Z4M0

    Is there any reason to sign up for this other than to see the new dashboard a month in advance ? What’s so thrilling ’bout that ?.
    Theorically, you lose the xbox live party (apparently stuff we gold subscribers pay for) plus you may face tech problems and the user assumes the responsability so if the update brokes something, hello xbox 360 S, bye two hundred bucks…
    Maybe if that made for an freebie or some microsoft points. I gas about to sign in but after thinking seriously about it I did pass since I can’t get the point on doing that.

  • Z4M0

    man, gotta rest afk lol sorry.
    an -AVATAR- freebie, -WAS- about to sign, etc. :D

  • samith1100

    Im accepted too! But how do i get the new dashboard update file??

  • RaspyYeti

    just signed up hope i get in.

  • w3lmatatan

    Well, chances are a lot of people got accepted today! I for one am one of them as well. I wish all but luck to everyone who gets accepted and maybe we’ll see each other online. I’m surprised the program hasn’t filled yet considering how fast the news spread throughout the Interwebs

  • LastHour1

    Sweet. I’m in. I read that party chat doesn’t work. Will game chat still work? Either way, I’m not a talkative player, but still, when the opportunity arises to talk shit, I’m gonna talk shit. It’s part of the fun.

  • EveofLight

    Party chat will not work, only in game chat will work.

  • Chicken Wyng

    Consider me signed and accepted. I’ve done every live beta/preview except the original Live (Didn’t have Xbox at the time) and the Kinect Beta (Don’t feel as special anymore).

  • Tony Winsta

    Maybe… its just me but I signed up for the program and now I have difficulty staying online. My internet works fine but it says I cannot connect to Xbox Live. Then it’ll work for a good hour and then down it goes again? Anyone else having this problem? Just checking to see if this problem is my side

  • chiruno99

    I changed my mind. I don’t want to.

  • Steve Lane

    @Tony Winsta I have the same problem since signing up I keep getting randomly booted from live, started litterally 5mins after signing up for the preview program! very annoying!

    Anyone know when the update will be issued?


  • Aynodok

    Just few questions.
    If I enter the Preview program, could other gamertags in the updated console connect to xbox live?
    If I use a friend’s console, which haven’t entered the preview program, will I be asked to update it and I will fuck up my friend without LIVE until the official launch? Or I only will be asked in the console in the preview program?

  • SilentHunter382


    It will only be for your console since you are asked to key in your serial number and your console ID.

  • Aynodok

    Thanks! I will apply then!

  • Rogue Gamer 23

    yeah i’m not that interested for this update, to busy with Halo: Reach.

  • ShadowMonkey987

    Is anyone else thinking most of the people commenting are stupid

    Game chat isn’t affected at all..

  • Pari4h

    Sound! Seem to be accepted straight away. I can manage without Party Chat for a couple of weeks.

  • ushman360

    Sweet got accepted. I’m really looking forward to try out that ESPN feature.

  • The PerfectCr

    Point of clarification for everyone: ACCEPTED does NOT MEAN you will be getting into the Dashboard preview. That just means your APPLICATION was accepted. This does not mean you will be getting into the Dashboard preview program. Big difference. FYI.

  • Goodeye84

    @ The PerfectCr

    That would make sense and whatnot BUT the previous dashboard beta’s never were worded like this when you submitted. They only stated: “We will review your application and let you know when your accepted”

    The wording in this one would lead one to believe they are accepted, It would be nice if Major or E or someone could clarify for everyone.

  • The PerfectCr

    @Goodeye, I remember it was either Major or e said this about one of the previous Dashboard previews.

  • dirty whirlwind

    @The PerfectCr: I’m pretty sure the word accepted in this case means that you got in. It told me (or at least hinted at) to expect a download prompt of the new dash in 1-2 weeks.

  • Goodeye84

    If it’s not a “real acceptance” it needs to be worded differently. If very much makes it sound like your really accepted.

  • FXT Redwolf

    I’m going to sign up when I get home. This sounds cool!

  • Goodeye84

    You can find your console ID and Serial number if your not near your xbox, but have access to

    To find your console ID head over to click next only once this next page will display your console ID.

    To find your Serial go into the warrenty section of the Support page at

    I totally forgot about this and frantically called my understanding wife asking her for my info yesterday, then realized I could get it all along

  • EveofLight

    @ ShadowMonkey987 – People should know already that they can’t chat with people outside the preview program, those who don’t seem to understand even when they sign up for it and still bitch about it are the idiots. I presume when people asked they had some idea that they couldn’t party chat with non previewers and if they didn’t, now they do.

  • SiIent 03

    Hey Jeff this is how you leave a comment….


    if you got this message then you are accepted.. its pretty cut and dry if you ask me.. it doesnt say your application was accpeted… doh!

    @ the guys saying there system is messing up after getting accepted.. well, it must be on your end only, because the program hasnt started yet, no updates of any kind have taken place, so your system is the exact same as it was b4 you signed up… sorry, but its true


    oops, forgot to put the message in..

    Welcome to the Xbox LIVE Update Preview!
    Thank you for your interest in participating. We are pleased to inform you that you have been accepted into the program. The program will officially start within the next two weeks. Until then, please be patient and check back on this site often for the latest updates.

    Thank you,
    Xbox LIVE Beta Administrators

    if you got this, then you are in the program…


    I tried signing up but the serve never popped up. What should I do?

  • Ezekiel2k8

    Cannot sign up it’s not working….program full already?

  • ck2875

    Well MN said it was almost full an hour ago on Twitter. It may have actually filled up.

  • The Grim Heaper

    I would have signed up for this, but I’m almost always in party chat…

  • Ezekiel2k8

    Working now I just signed up ;)

  • DRO Sandstorm

    im in all the please add me

  • Vegivo

    I cant wait to test this out :D

  • DarkSpartan017

    Signed up and everything but i decided to leave two digits in my SN off so this may be an issue my system wasn’t doing me any favors by has the same number pattern 3x’s in a row in my SN was hoping to edit my info but there dosen’t seem to be any place on the connect site to do that what a stellar move by this Live preview program veteran of the last few years:(. But Major if you or anybody else have a solution to my problem id appreciate it.

  • Computerdude103

    Does anybody know what the Kinect preview program is that is being mentioned everywhere? Makes it sound like they send you a Kinect or something… haven’t listenedto any podcasts for about a month, I must have missed something cool!!!

  • Major Nelson

    We now have all the people we need. Registration is now closed. If we re-open it, I’ll let you know.

  • A Twisted Logic

    when do we get the update?

  • ShadowMonkey987

    @A Twisted Logic

    Did you read what it said

    1-2 weeks from now..

    Although seeing as it’s full they might release it early (Do it Major theirs cookies if you do)

  • Exu

    MY XBOX IS UPDATING no wait I cleared the cache earlier.


    Damn I missed it!

  • deceive00

    Damn I missed it too! Work and their stupid web filter. It kept blocking the truncated “” url. If the long url would have been posted, I would have been able to sign up.